The list of “10 New Artists You Must Know” was revealed online Monday, local time, with the 24-year-old sharing space with American rapper Travis Mills, Swedish R&B singer Snoh Aalegra and the San Francisco electro-pop band Cold Beat.
The member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 is a “self-proclaimed ‘Baddest Female’” and “one of the buzziest female rappers in Korea,” the magazine said.
In an interview with the publication, CL apparently said she doesn’t like to be called a rapper.
“I’m more of a performer. I don’t like to box myself into anything because I also sing and I love to dance; I do everything,” she told Rolling Stone.
CL also stressed that while she wants to set an example for Asian artists hoping to break into the U.S. music scene, her top priority lies elsewhere.
“I would love to represent Asian girls and be an example or an idol for girls [in the U.S.],” she said. “That is my dream, but I don’t want that to be my main goal. I just want to do something I love, and music comes first for me.”
CL’s first U.S. EP is due in the fall. The music video of “Doctor Pepper,” a collaboration with American DJ Diplo, immediately garnered attention from Time and Billboard magazines upon its release Friday.
CL is expected to take part in the Mad Decent Block Party tour in Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles later this month and next month.